Lucifer, Beelzebub, the Prince of Darkness…whatever he's called, some seventy percent of Americans believe in the existence of the Devil. That’s according to a 2007 Gallup Poll, and that number has increased steadily since 1990, when only fifty-five percent believed in evil personified in the form of Satan.
Now, researchers are looking at the implications of belief in “pure evil” on psychological and social behaviors. Piercarlo Valdesolo is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Claremont Mckenna College and contributor to Scientific American’s “Mind Matters” blog, where we found his article, “The Psychological Power of Satan.”
Yesterday, Pope Francis gave a spontaneous and startling frank press conference on a plane ride following his week-long trip to Brazil. In response to a question about gay priests, he said: “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”
This stands in stark contrast to the views of his predecessor, Pope Benedict, who publicly and repeatedly stated that gay relationships were “evil” and “contrary to natural order.”
Here to talk about what might some are saying is a monumental shift for the LGBT community and the Catholic Church is Joe Jervis, the blogger behind “Joe. My. God.”, which covers LGBT issues, the media, and politics.
Phillip Patterson is a sixty-three year old retiree from Philmont, New York who’s spent the past 7 years working on a handwritten volume of the entire – almost 800,000 word King James Bible. Phillip suffers from AIDS and related illnesses, often making the quest slow-going, though he sometimes logged up to eighteen hours of writing a day. He just recently finished the epic manuscript.
In the wake of 9/11, the faith of many people was shaken to the core… with the help of authors like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, a movement many referred to as “New Atheism” emerged – pointing a finger at religion as a source of global violence and zealotry. Now, more than a decade later, the rhetoric seems to have softened. Our guest today argues that secular humanism is shifting into a new era, paving the way for a brand new conversation about religion and the faithless.
Springfield’s evangelical Ned Flanders and Hindu Kwik-E-Mart owner Apu are frequent foils to satirize and explore religious belief systems on The Simpsons -- America’s longest running scripted TV show. Mike Reiss, four-time emmy winning writer for The Simpsons is interested in teasing out another brand of animated spirituality – Judaism. He’s presenting “Jews in Toons” -- discovering Jewish themes across Springfield’s twenty-four year history. His talk takes place at the New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival at Concord’s Red River Theatres on April 14th.
Catholic cardinals from around the world are meeting now, as the process of choosing a new leader gets underway at a time of tremendous upheaval for their church. We’ll find out what religious leaders and others in the Granite state are saying about this and what they think it means for the future.
Thursday marked the end of Pope Benedict's nearly eight year tenure as spiritual leader of the Catholic Church. In New Hampshire, 150 parishioners attended a noontime mass at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Manchester honoring the Pope.
Fifty years ago, more than two thousand bishops, under Pope John Paul the 23rd, set a new course for the Catholic Church, addressing its inner workings but also its role with the world, fostering friendly relations with other religions, for example. But to this day, some feel the Church has yet to fulfill the promise of Vatican Two, while others have downplayed its message - or say that the second Vatican council went too far.
Many use the First Amendment to argue their notion of religious liberty, which is defined as both freedom from government involvement in religion and freedom to practice one’s faith. But disagreements abound over these matters, whether it’s prayer at public meetings, polling places at churches, or substituting the term “holiday” for Christmas. Today, experts on both sides debate church and state.
Pop culture has a pretty good store of gleeful nuns along with plenty of repressed, vindictive sisters and mothers superior. The stereotypical nun is neither action hero, rockstar or Klan fighter. That’s why we found a recent list of gutsy nuns in Mental Floss so intriguing.
Clay Wirestone is a freelance writer who compiled a list of some of history’s bravest and boldest nuns for the December issue.
A metaphor for making one’s way through the world is the pilgrimage. The pilgrim aspired to following an inner path, guided by the spirit, from a state of wretchedness to blessedness. We’ve been following a literary magazine that draws on all these traditions.
Governor Mitt Romney’s connection to New Hampshire is well-documented. He owns a house on Lake Winnipesaukee, which he visits regularly. And the Mormon meetinghouse in Wolfeboro serves as his second spiritual home. But what’s less understood by many outside Mormonism is what it’s like being a member of this religious minority in northern New England.
In a recent story, I mentioned the Mormon Church’s stance on political neutrality. It’s a complex issue, and not one that can be explained at-length in a radio feature. For the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), this stance isn’t just to protect federal tax exemptions. It has deep religious and cultural roots. After a series of editorial discussions in the newsroom, we felt NHPR listeners might be interested in a more in-depth explanation.
We sit down with Bishop Peter Libasci, nearly one year after he took over as head of the Diocese of Manchester. We’ll talk with Bishop Libasci about what he hopes to achieve as leader of more than a quarter million New Hampshire Catholics.